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New Update to Google Ads: What Agents Need to Know
It's the biggest news you probably haven't heard: last-click attribution has been replaced by data-driven attribution as the default conversion model in Google Ads. You may not be familiar with the terms "last-click attribution" or "conversion model," and it's possible that you're wondering why (or if) any of this should matter to you. Trust us, this is important news. Generating leads is essential for real estate agents, and changes in conversion models could result in more and better leads for some agents and fewer leads for others. In this article, we'll define attribution models and learn how they help agents, and establish the difference between last-click and data-driven attribution. What is an Attribution Model? "Attribution model" is a technical term that explains a simple sentiment: determining which marketing campaigns are responsible for individual digital marketing conversions. Marketing conversions are when people engaging with marketing materials take the desired action, such as clicking a link or filling out a form. Attribution models, then, exist to give credit to the marketing materials that are actually delivering new leads. Without attribution models, marketers have to guess which marketing materials and campaigns are responsible for new leads and actions. For example, some agents run ads on Facebook, Google, and Instagram. Without an attribution model, you won't be able to identify the ads, platforms, and actions that are delivering you leads. But with an attribution model, you have a way of discovering which specific ads and platforms caused your leads to engage, so you can adjust your budget and strategy accordingly. Marketing is most useful when it can be measured, so a functional attribution model is a major boon to any marketing campaign. Last-Click Attribution vs. Data-Driven Attribution Attribution models may be important, but they are not standardized. Last-click attribution gives the full share of conversion credit to the most recent marketing interaction, while data-driven attribution weights multiple stages and touchpoints that leads engage with throughout their buying journey. Consider a hypothetical buyer or seller's online journey: First, they search "real estate agents near me" on Google. They glance at the list of local real estate agents' Google business profiles, see your name toward the top, click on your profile, and briefly read your information. A few hours later, they log into Facebook and see one of your ads. They remember you from their Google search, click on the ad, submit their information, and become a hot lead. Which marketing platform deserves credit? Is it the Google search result? After all, that's where the buyer or seller first saw your name. That said, wasn't Facebook where the person actually took the action required to become a lead? Last-click and data-driven attribution models take different approaches to this quandary. In a last-click attribution model, your Facebook ad receives all the credit for the marketing conversion, since that was the last marketing touchpoint before the user took action to become a lead. Data-driven attribution is savvier and more holistic. Instead of only giving credit to the last marketing touch point, data-driven attribution would give credit to both your Google and Facebook ads, using a technical weighting system to attribute shared credit. Source The shift to data-driven attribution is an indication that Google recognizes just how complicated digital marketing is, and wants to help advertisers understand where their leads are coming from. Learn how Homesnape Concierge can help you navigate data-driven attribution. To view the original article, visit the Homesnap blog.
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How to Actually Generate Good Quality Leads on Facebook
We all know that Facebook is a social media giant. But what if you started to look at Facebook as an inbound marketing channel that can pull in leads for you -- good, quality leads. Would you invest more time in it? Treat your Facebook page as an inbound marketing channel Inbound marketing focuses on creating quality content that naturally attracts people to your business. It uses digital content such as blogs and social media to create brand awareness and attract new clients. By aligning the content you publish with your target client's needs and interests, you can naturally attract inbound traffic that can be converted, closed and delighted over time. So, how do you actually do this on Facebook? Run Facebook Lead Ads Lead ads on Facebook (and Instagram) help you collect information from people interested in your business. The ads are designed to let people show their interest in your service by filling out a form in the ad with their details. By doing so, they are allowing you to follow up with them. The information collected in a lead ad includes, but isn't limited to, names, email addresses and phone numbers. You can even ask people custom questions that you care about (e.g., What services are you interested in?). To promote form completion, we suggest keeping questions short and sweet. Collecting names and email addresses may be perfectly sufficient to get the ball rolling. When you create your ad, use a high-quality, eye-catching image with minimal text and a clear call-to-action. Write a clear and engaging caption to accompany your image. An effective caption might look something like this: "Imagine coming home to this gorgeous 4-bedroom home in Lawrence Park. Click for listing." Before you launch your ad, view how it displays on desktop as well as mobile. You want to ensure that it looks great on both. Use Facebook Videos to Promote Lead Gen Offers Did you know that video posts have 135% greater organic reach than photo posts? Video gets solid engagement rates, and they are a great way to connect with your clients in a more interactive way. Create videos to help introduce and promote lead-generating content, whether they're offers, open houses, or something else. In addition to the text CTA, you can add your CTA in the video's description. Remember to also add a verbal CTA to the video. Remind your followers to "sign up for my newsletter" or "visit our open house," both early in the video and at the very end. And if you are hesitating because you feel awkward putting yourself on camera, guess what? So does everyone else! To conquer your fears, practice recording yourself at home, plan out what you're going to say in advance and work at getting more comfortable being on screen. Create multiple takes if you have to until you feel comfortable with the result. And remember, your video doesn't have to be perfect; believe it or not, people tend to respond well to authentic, uncut video. Post Relevant, Valuable Content When you attract new followers to your Facebook page, you want to keep them engaged so that when the time comes for them to buy or sell, they approach you to help them. Building trust with new prospects can take time, and posting relevant, valuable content on your Facebook business page can help. Content that "sells" your services, including your listings and testimonials, should make up less than one-third of all content that appears on your Facebook business page. Keep things interesting by posting a variety of topics on your page. Post relevant industry or local news, new blog posts, videos, photos, helpful tips, and other types of content. Think about the issues that are important to your target audience and create posts around those. Switch up your ads regularly so your audience is always seeing fresh content. Nurture, Nurture, Nurture The lead to customer conversion timeframe for a well-optimized Facebook Ad campaign is anywhere from one to 12 months or more. This means that at least 50% of the effort needs to focus on how you nurture your leads after getting them. Once you have acquired precious email sign-ups from your Facebook ads, build your relationship with these contacts carefully. Segment your email list, deliver targeted email content and avoid making these common mistakes. Facebook is a powerful tool for lead generation when used strategically. Even if you don't have a ton of "likes" on your page, if you start approaching your Facebook page as an inbound marketing tool you can build quality leads and watch your email list soar. To view the original article, visit the IXACT Contact blog.
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How to Use Instagram Carousel to Boost Your Business and Win More Listings
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How to Create Mailing Labels in One Minute in RPR
For REALTORS, mailing labels or mailing lists play a crucial role in prospecting outreach in competitive markets. You can create them or export owner information from your RPR search results. These ready-to-print mailing labels are perfect for farming, prospecting or direct mail marketing within custom geographies. Watch below to see how to create mailing labels in one minute: With RPR, you can produce up to 2K mailing labels per month—free! Conduct an area search, then use filters to narrow it down or use a previously saved area, such as a farm area Sort your results using the "List View" and click "Mailing Labels" once you have the right number of addresses A pop up window appears; then choose your label type or a CSV file Hit "print" and remember, you have 2,000 EACH MONTH to use Watch this one-minute video to see all of the above in action: To view the original article, visit the RPR blog.
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What's the Difference Between Marketing and Advertising?
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Friday Freebie: Prospect List of 200 Targets in Your Area
Online ads have made it easy to market to real estate prospects online--but what if you want to target them offline? In this week's Friday Freebie, we're highlighting a way to reach your geographic farm via direct mail marketing with a FREE prospect list of 200 verified names and addresses. Read on to learn more! Free List of 200 Prospects, courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! How do you target real estate consumers offline? By geographic area? By niche, net worth, or length of residence? However you market your services, ProspectsPLUS! is offering RE Technology readers a FREE list of 200 prospects (with promo code FREE200) via the targeting option of your choice: Length of residence Geographic area Empty nesters Absentee owners High income renters For Sale By Owner High net worth prospects Real estate investors And more! You can use your free list to enhance your current marketing efforts or to try out an entirely new niche! Start by going to this page. And then: Under Step 1, click the Build Your List button Choose how you'd like to select your targets: via MapMyMail or Demographics Follow the steps to build your list Make sure to limit your list to 200 to keep it no-cost Name your list Click Add to Cart, then Checkout on the next page Add promo code FREE200 (important!) Click Place Your Order Once you've finished building your list, a receipt will be emailed to you instantly, followed by a link to download your list. Get started targeting real estate consumers in your area and create your FREE prospect list with promo code FREE200 today!
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The Best Facebook Ads to Target Real Estate Buyers
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How Direct Marketing Can Still Impact Your Real Estate Business
With so many digital marketing tactics available today, it can be easy to forget about more traditional tools for reaching your clients and potential leads. But when used correctly, tools like direct marketing can still hold significant value to your real estate business! Direct marketing is a great way to re-engage older leads, keep in touch with existing clients, and reach people who might spend less time online, all while also diversifying your marketing plans. As always, any marketing success depends on understanding who you're trying to reach and offering real value to clients and consumers. So, it's crucial that you know exactly what to do – and, more importantly, in some cases, what not to do – when it comes to direct marketing campaigns. Let's take a closer look at the most common do's and don'ts of direct marketing, with tips that can help you maximize your return on investment. The Do's of Modern Direct Marketing Know Your Audience and Have a Plan for Reaching Them Direct marketing works best when you have a plan for who you want to reach and know how you can capture their attention. A postcard or flyer that's too general is unlikely to make an impact. If you're trying to reach buyers, it's important to include information that appeals specifically to their needs. The same goes for sellers. It's better to create a variety of direct marketing materials than to take a one-size-fits-all approach. Make Sure That Your Direct Marketing Always Offers Value While there are many elements to consider in order to maximize the appeal of your direct marketing, offering value matters most when it comes to a return on your investment. So, how do you provide value? Provide informative content that shows your audience what they can expect when choosing your real estate business. Help them understand their local real estate market, how their home fits within that market if they're planning to sell, or the types of homes that are available if they plan to buy. In addition to capturing the attention of your audience, offering value also helps demonstrate the expertise of you and your agents. Avoid Clutter to Make Your Direct Marketing Content Easy to Consume and Absorb The right mix of text, images, logos, and colors makes a big difference in how easy your direct marketing content is to consume. And when you make your content easier to consume, your audience is more likely to follow through by reading it all. There are plenty of ways to approach the layout of your direct marketing, so the real key is making sure that the page isn't too cluttered with information and images. Use Localized Information That Focuses on Specific Markets If your direct marketing relies upon general, statewide real estate data, it's likely to end up in the junk pile before it even gets a cursory glance from your audience. That means it's critical to focus on specific markets with localized information that's relevant to the recipient. You can showcase a list of homes that an agent has sold, comparing the sale price and initial price. Or you can feature homes sold in a specific neighborhood, with accompanying photos and location information. For buyers, a list of historic home prices in a particular neighborhood that highlights recent trends in value can be a great way to add appeal. There are a ton of different ways to provide valuable information, as long as you remember to keep it as local as possible. Use Calls to Action to Encourage Your Audience to Take the Next Step Providing contact information so your audience can connect with your business is essential, but it will take more than just basic info to achieve your direct marketing goals. That's why it's so important to include a specific, targeted call to action that actively encourages your audience to take the next step. The call to action should clarify what those next steps are and should be tailored to build upon the valuable information you include with your direct marketing. What Not to Do with Direct Marketing Campaigns Don't Use Low-Quality Images As with most types of marketing, capturing attention is crucial to success when you're sending postcards, flyers, or other direct marketing materials. You wouldn't use fuzzy, low-quality images to promote a listing, and you shouldn't do it with direct marketing, either. High-quality photos will make your direct marketing look more professional, appealing, and intriguing, so it's worth the investment to use professional-quality images for your campaigns. Avoid Getting Too Fancy With Fonts While it can be tempting to use a variety of different fonts to highlight different parts of the text on your direct marketing, it's better to resist the temptation. Too many different fonts can make the text difficult to read and make it harder to focus on what you're trying to convey with your marketing. For a better chance of success, pick one or two fonts to use for each piece of direct marketing, then customize those fonts with bold, underlined, or italic text when you need to make something pop out from the page. Don't Overwhelm With Too Much Text It's important to include valuable information with your direct marketing, but too much information can be overwhelming and leave your marketing sitting at the top of the trash can. When the recipient of your direct marketing sees a wall of unbroken text packed into a postcard, they'll be less likely to read it. Instead, use shorter copy in larger type, and break it up into easy to consume segments with clear headlines that help guide the reader. The easier you make it to read your content, the more likely you are to generate results. Don't Forget to Integrate Your Direct Marketing with Your Real Estate CRM Direct marketing may be an old-school tool, but that doesn't mean that you can't use new-school tech to get it done. Your real estate CRM can help you choose who to reach through direct marketing and keep track of your results. It can also help you automate your marketing plans, meaning that's one less thing you'll have to worry about during your already jam-packed days. How the Right Marketing Mix Can Help Grow Your Real Estate Business Direct marketing can become a valuable part of your overall marketing strategy, so long as you have the right plan in place. It's essential to have a variety of ways to reach clients and cultivate leads because every person you're trying to reach has their own unique preferences. Even for people who do most of their research online, sending something via direct mail can help your business stand out from the competition and remain at the front of would-be clients' minds when they start their next real estate search. The trick is finding the right mix of marketing tactics for your business in order to maximize both your audience and your potential for converting leads. To view the original article, visit the Delta Media Group blog.
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Elevating Your Real Estate Business with Facebook Ads
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How to Build the Perfect Real Estate Instagram Marketing Strategy
The most important rule in advertising is: Place your ads where your target audience will see them. Seems obvious, right? But so many real estate agents still rely on outdated tactics that simply don't have the reach that newer, digital spaces do. If your goal is to grow your business and reach new prospects, then social media is the place to be. These platforms are a gold mine for advertisers. Instagram alone has 140 million adult users across the country, which accounts for two-thirds of U.S. adults. Six in 10 of those users log in daily, spending an average of 30 minutes per day on the platform — with 42% of users opening the app multiple times throughout the day, giving advertisers even more opportunities to reach them. With stats like that, it's easy to see why this social network is the third most-popular, behind YouTube and Facebook. Audience reach and engagement are compelling reasons for making Instagram an essential part of your real estate marketing strategy. So if you hadn't planned on advertising there, think again. Here's when it's best to use Instagram ads and how to optimize your ROI when you do. When to advertise on Instagram Instagram is a visual platform. Although you can create Post Ads or Stories Ads with text, a majority of the content is made up of photos, animations, and videos. That's what users log in to see, and why Instagram is ideal for those beautiful new listing photos and walk-through videos you just commissioned. This is also a platform that attracts a younger user base. Fifty-five percent of Instagrammers are between 18-34 years old, and another 18% account for those who are 35-44. If your target audience is empty nesters or retirees, this won't be your ideal place to advertise. As such, it's best to use Instagram ads when you… have a new listing are promoting an open house want to reach first-time homebuyers are trying to attract a younger audience Ad formats on Instagram Instagram may not have 20 different types of ad units, but the few that it does offer work really well with its engaged audience. One reason is because ads are naturally interspersed among native content as users scroll their Feed or flip through Stories. That makes users more inclined to look at and engage with your ad. To give you a better sense of your options, take a look at these attention-grabbing ad formats—all of which support both photos and videos. Post Ad This ad type appears in users' Feeds (that's the one people scroll through vertically). You can publish just a single photo or video or include up to 10 images in a carousel. Keep in mind that these will be cropped to a square, so choose your content wisely. All Post Ads include a caption, where you can write a description about the listing, and a call-to-action (CTA) link that will redirect anyone who clicks on it to your property listing page. Stories Ad Users access their Stories at the top of Instagram and scroll horizontally to see new Stories posted by the accounts they follow. Stories Ads won't appear in this scrollable list, but they will be seamlessly interspersed between Stories as they play, so as not to interrupt the user's experience. These ads are more immersive because of their full-screen, vertical format. They can play for up to 45 seconds, which is perfect for a home walk-through. Just like Post Ads, you can also include a CTA that links to a page of your choosing, such as a property listing, lead generation page, or your real estate website. Tips for maximizing ROI on Instagram Now that you have a better sense of when to advertise on Instagram and the creative options you have available, let's discuss a few ways to maximize ROI for those ads. We said it once, but we'll say it again: Instagram is a visual platform. Your photos and videos need to be high quality. That doesn't mean they have to be taken by a professional, but they need to be attractive enough to be scroll-stopping. Make sure your photos and videos are: Crisp and clear (i.e., not pixelated) Well-lit to bring out the detail and beauty of the space The right size for the format you're using (i.e. vertical for Stories and square for Posts) Keep in mind these dos and don'ts that are specific to videos: Do not shake the camera or make sudden, sharp movements. Do talk to your audience. Sixty percent of Stories are viewed with sound on. Do keep moving through the property. You may lose viewers if you stop too long while talking. Finally, consider your audience when setting up your real estate Instagram marketing strategy. You can — and should — target geographically, but you'd also be wise to take advantage of the custom audience option. This targeting capability allows you to upload your own list of leads, prospects you're nurturing, or your sphere of influence. Instagram will match the email addresses and phone numbers that you provide to its user base and show your ads to anyone on your list who is also on the platform. That's ad targeting at its best! To view the original article, visit the Homesnap blog.
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New iOS 14 Update: What Does It Mean for Your Real Estate Facebook and Instagram Ads?
The new iOS update touches upon a very sensitive topic: the usage of our personal data for commercial purposes. Whether you're a seasoned advertiser, or just a simple internet user, there is no doubt you've heard about our data being used for advertising purposes. Being tracked was something we've gotten used to a long time ago. And only now we're starting to see the ripple effects of that issue. The conversation around the ethical part of internet tracking is just starting, and the new iOS update is just a small fraction that showcases the seriousness of that problem. With the rise of the browsers that respect your privacy, and with the operational systems becoming more and more conscious about respecting personal data, the question arises — what is the future of advertising especially for small businesses? As a real estate agent, there is a chance Facebook and Instagram ads are one of the tools you use for listings promotion. They are tools that we've all used pretty frequently. So, without paying attention to the ethical issues of tracking, let's talk business. How does it affect you, and what can you do in this case to minimize any negative impacts? Let's dive in. What Does the New iOS Update Mean? Facebook and Instagram advertising is a cheap and lucrative form of advertising. Essentially, Facebook tracks consumers' preferences and offers this information to the advertisers who use this data to reach potential customers. The iOS 14 update changes offer an option to opt out of the tracking, essentially cutting the flow of information and allowing users to become invisible to tracking. Many in the real estate industry and elsewhere fear that getting the data will become harder and because of that the prices for ads might go up. Here are some main changes that iOS 14 brings to the table: Facebook Pixel - Tracking actions such as "Add to cart," for example, or purchase action mayl be under-reported. Ads Optimization - Without necessary/limited data, Pixel won't be able to properly analyze and report data, therefore creating custom audiences may not be that reliable. Retargeting - As we already mentioned, the new iOS update makes the users who opt out of tracking invisible, therefore retargeting those users may become impossible. All in all, these type of ads are more at risk when the iOS update will be finally up: Traffic Ads, specifically those optimized around landing page views using Pixel. Conversion Ads if optimised around custom conversions or standard events. Other than that, catalogue sales (if customers go to a website) and app installs/app related conversions when targeting iOS devices may also be affected. All in all, does it mean that iOS users won't see any ads? No, certainly not that. It means the ads may not be relevant, since there is no data to create a personalized ad experience. Remember, custom events will be also limited. For people who don't opt out of tracking custom events, tracking will be limited to eight events. For the users who opted out of tracking, these limitations might be even stricter. The attribution window will also be changed. Prior to the update, the attribution window for actions taken on ads was 28 days, showing seven-day clicks. After the update, it will be a seven day window, one day click. So What Should Be Done? Well, first and foremost, it's important to know how many of your clients are iOS users. This can be done by checking Google Analytics. Second, you will need to verify your website, especially if you're creating an ad with a conversion goal in mind. Check out this Facebook resource to learn how to verify your real estate website. You can also exclude iOS users if you're running conversion ad campaigns. You can also create campaigns with a different goal in mind—for example, lead generation. Let's say you have an ebook of your own or webinar. You can create a lead generation ad using this content, promote your ebook or webinar, provide useful information to your potential audience and get emails at the same time. This can help you to create new audiences for Facebook and therefore create new ads with different goals. You will also need to choose eight events in the Events Manager. This action needs to be done by the Facebook Pixel owner. Few Final Words With the new changes, it might seem as your real estate ads are not working, but in reality the date won't be showing as quickly and accurately. So be prepared for the potentially underreported data that might happen with the new iOS update. To view the original article, visit the Realtyna blog.
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Friday Freebie: 200 Real Estate Flyer Templates
You know how people like to say, "Less is more"? Well, throw that out the window (just for now), because in this week's Friday Freebie, more is definitely more. We're sharing with you a whopping 200 flyer templates that you can download, customize, and market with to your heart's content. Read on to learn more. 200 Real Estate Flyer Templates, courtesy of TORCHx Listing inventory is low, so agents can use all the help they can get in drumming up new seller leads. TORCHx is offering RE Technology readers 200 free flyer templates that you can print and mail or share online. You get: 50 For Sale Flyer templates 50 Just Sold Flyer templates 50 Recently Sold Homes Flyer templates 50 Testimonial Flyer templates All flyers are beautifully and professionally designed and 100% customizable. Add your name, contact info, listing photos and other custom fields for a flyer that is perfectly suited to your marketing needs. Flyers are available as PowerPoint files and come with full instructions on how to customize and edit the templates. Ready to dive in? Download 200 FREE real estate flyer templates here!
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What Are the Best Converting Ads For Real Estate?
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Multiply Your Sales by Going After Empty Nesters
Is there a better bang for your buck than using your marketing dollars to go after empty nesters? You get to sell their home, then help them find the ideal new downsized home. It's the perfect two-for-one deal. The highest ROI empty nesters The most prosperous empty nesters to go after are age 55 years and older, according to Esri, a leading mapping and location analytics platform. This places them among the eldest of Gen Xers (age 44 to 55 this year). This age group and younger baby boomers combine to create the primary target in this niche. This group, by the way, is responsible for nearly half of all listings, according to NAR's 2020 Generational Trends report. The Gen Xers among the group earn, on average, about $101,000 per year. They make up 23% of the seller's pool and for 83%, this isn't their first time selling a home. The average net worth of baby boomer households is $1.2 million, according to Hillary Hoffower of BusinessInsider.com. Nearly 40% of them say that they'll sell when the last child leaves the home, while 55% plan on waiting until they retire, according to EscapeHomes.com. How and where to reach them In the current real estate market, the best plan of attack is a targeted prospect list and an Empty Nest scheduled campaign. The average American's attention span is a lot longer right now and the mail is something they're actually paying attention to. To support your campaign, ensure that your real estate website is up to snuff. Gen Xers, especially, seek social proof before they'll work with someone. Aside from a dedicated testimonials page, sprinkle testimonials throughout the site. This generation also values authenticity so avoid a heavy sales spiel. "Generation X has a keen eye for BS and can spot a sham or dishonesty a mile away most of the time," Nate Masterson, marketing manager for Maple Holistics in New Jersey tells the NFIB's, Karen Sams. Younger boomers crave useful information, so ensure your website has lots of it. Online, you'll find your target audience primarily on Facebook. Eighty-eight percent of Gen Xers check their Facebook feed at least once a day and boomers rarely visit any other social media platform. In fact, according to Pew Research, "Facebook is by far the most popular social media site for this age group." Write compelling blog posts of interest to both groups and then repost them on Facebook. Consider running contests to gain more organic results. You can find contest ideas at EasyPromosApp.com. Niching your business is always a sure path to success. Choose a niche and work it consistently. This is the ideal time of year to consider the empty nesters. To view the original article, visit the ProspectsPLUS! blog.
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Building Your Brand in 2021
If the only things we needed to successfully build an amazing brand were a scandalous tape and maybe some super-hyped lip gloss, we could all position ourselves as some version of the Kardashians. Right? They were once considered famous for simply being famous. But over time, they built their last name into a powerhouse of marketing, product endorsement, and amazing wealth creation. What's great is that building your own brand in the real estate business in 2021 is easier than ever! Know Your Audience The first thing you'll want to identify, much like you would in a real estate postcard campaign, is your audience. Who will benefit from your products and services? To whom do you need to aim your marketing, with whom do you need to associate, what do you need to glamorize or highlight about you, your business, and what benefits will you bring to the client? Do you deal in upscale properties? Do you specialize in commercial developments, or REITs, or multi-family, rentals, corporate housing, etc.? Your brand should focus on where you want to serve, and the clients with whom you want to work. An Identifiable Identity Your brand is your company's identity, and vice versa. It is critical you establish that interconnection from the beginning. There are superficial components of your brand that need great attention: Develop an Outstanding Logo - You want a clean, easy to remember and unique logo. People remember images on a level that far exceeds their ability to remember words. Design an Impactful Website - If you have the skill, you can create your own. If not, you want to leave this up to the professionals. The pictures, text, links, everything—they must all tie your great product back to your company in a way that makes sense and that promotes what you can do for anyone interested in you. Target the RIGHT Market - Gone are the days of trying to get your brand in front of as many people as possible. Building targeted mailing lists based on demographics and geographics allows you to market to prospects in your area for less. You can even send Just Sold postcards from your phone! "Companies who create strong brands know that their brand needs to live everywhere." - Allie Decker The FGT of Building Your Brand Where the logo and website are largely passive (in terms of interaction), you need to actively participate in how your brand is seen and experienced by your clients, prospects, and leads—all at the same time! Foster GREAT Connections - You exist, but for the sake of helping your clients achieve their goals. Make it personal. Establish amazing connectivity through direct communication, strong networking (ever passed a lead to a peer because you KNEW they were better-suited to handle the prospect's needs?), and a genuine commitment to service and exceeding expectations! Go Digital! (the right way) - You aren't going to drive traffic to your website by just having a website. A comprehensive, managed, educational, and interesting social media presence can pay dividends. But it cannot be an afterthought. Bring that brand identify full-circle with great content, thought leadership pieces, high-quality pictures, and links back to your website (or landing pages). Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook are the most popular today. Keep your ear to the ground for the next big thing and get on that platform as soon as you can! Test, Test, Test - I don't know if that sounds easy or difficult to you, but the bottom line is that you need to always have a decent idea of where you stand, and how your brand is being received, consumed and considered. Simple (and perhaps free) brand tracking programs can help uncover gaps or show what's working to make your brand shine! There are some ancillary things you can consider to give your brand more exposure, of course. Adding your logo to clothing (like golf shirts and jackets), being a partial sponsor of charitable events (like 10Ks for cancer research), and even creating 'New Client' baskets filled with goodies people will actually want, are good ideas. Just be sure when you're building your brand that you do it in a financially—and in a socially responsible—manner. Research: blog.hubspot.com/marketing/branding fool.com/the-blueprint/how-to-build-a-brand/ saasgenius.com/blog/7-tips-build-your-brand-2021 digitalmediathoughts.com/90099-the-3-secrets-of-building-a-brand-in-2021/
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Friday Freebie: Guide to Targeted Mailing Lists and Campaigns
Last week's Friday Freebie highlighted a free list of absentee owner leads. But what if you're not interested in that particular niche or it's a demographic that's not prevalent enough in your market? This week, we've got something that's more your cup of tea. In this free guide, you'll learn how to create targeted mailing lists and campaigns for whatever your preferred niche is—be that retirees, first-time buyers, and beyond. Read on to learn how to download your free copy. Free Guide to Real Estate Mailing Lists, courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! The "spray and pray" approach to direct mail hasn't been a valid strategy since… well, maybe ever. After all, sending out mailings with little thought of what you're sending and to whom is a great way to burn through your marketing budget with little return. This free guide to real estate mailing lists will help you identify your target market and launch successful direct mail campaigns. It offers a peek at the types of targeted mailing lists you can build with ProspectsPLUS! and the ideal content you can send to each demographic. The guide provides information on targeting groups like: Baby Boomers Empty Nesters Investors Lifestyle Interests High-Income Renters Move-Up Markets And more! And if you're wondering which groups are most prevalent in your area, don't worry—this guide has you covered! The guide offers a breakdown of how many consumers match the target groups above in the major metros in every state. (Miami, for example, has 32,171 high-income renters while Atlanta has 163,026 Baby Boomers and seniors.) Ready to check it out? Download your Real Estate Mailing List Guide for FREE now!
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Friday Freebie: Absentee Owner Prospect List
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How to Create Real Estate Facebook Ads that Work
Facebook is a powerful platform to advertise on. Not only are you guaranteed an engaged audience--nearly three-quarters of U.S. users scroll their news feed daily--but, if you know what you're doing, you can take complete control over your ads' content, budget, placement and delivery. But control has its downsides, too. When you run your own ads, you're accountable for their performance. To ensure they do well and that you don't waste money, you really need to learn the ins and outs of Facebook's advertising platform. Then once your ads are live, it's important to monitor them and make adjustments as needed. This, of course, takes time away from your other responsibilities, like working with clients or prepping for things like listing presentations and showings.
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Digital marketing ads are powerful tools for real estate lead generation. They offer crucial benefits for real estate agents that want to scale their business or streamline lead generation by offering the ability to hyper-target consumers, reach a larger audience, and track performance. But what good is a powerful tool if you don't know how to use it properly? If you're experiencing challenges with your digital marketing ads, you've come to the right place. In this article, we'll review the top six reasons your digital marketing ads aren't generating real estate leads and offer tips for solving them.
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It's been a little over nine months since we first previewed BOOST from Property Panorama at NAR in San Francisco, where agents gained access to automated listing ads for the first time. Previously, automated ads were only available to brokerages and large teams. In February, the debut of BOOST Digital Advertising changed all that. BOOST puts the power of automated listing ads in the hands of individual agents, thanks to 230 MLS integrations nationwide. Today, we're checking in to see how BOOST has matured in its first half-year and the results agents have been seeing. How BOOST Stacks Up BOOST's track record of success in its first six months has been beyond stellar. Here's a brief rundown of the numbers provided by Property Panorama: BOOST provides 3-5 times better clickthrough rates (CTR) than the industry average BOOST's Click Through Rates (CTR) outperform Adwerx ads by 2-3 times BOOST is integrated with 60% of MLSs nationwide. NOTE: If your MLS is not integrated, BOOST is still available to you, but there will be just a bit more data entry. BOOST is also the most affordable digital ad product for agents on the market, backed by a price match guarantee. That means if you see cheaper advertising costs from another product, BOOST will match that price. BOOST's pricing is also simpler and more upfront than its competitors. For example, BOOST's pricing includes web ads, mobile, and Facebook, whereas Adwerx makes you purchase all three separately with added charges for each. With better pricing and results, BOOST's value can be a real boon to your marketing efforts. We reached out to a few customers and this is what we found out: "High praise to Property Panorama digital advertising, especially the immediate responses I received to every question I had throughout the ad campaign," says Kim Vastine of JP and Associates Southlake. "They went above and beyond to make it successful. Very good experience." "I had a property that was listed for six months with little interest. After starting the BOOST advertising campaign, interest picked up with increased showings and two contracts," says Ella Ginest, Century 21 Property Advisors. To this point, BOOST has been met with an overwhelmingly positive reception, which can be expected to continue as more and more agents see the benefits first-hand. How It Works Now that you know how BOOST performs, let's take a look at how it works. BOOST is able to offer a broker-level product to real estate agents because of MLS integrations. Property Panorama is already integrated with 230 MLSs. BOOST uses those integrations and the infrastructure to automate the creation of digital ad campaigns. When you enter a new property into the MLS, Property Panorama will automatically create a BOOST ad for that listing. While BOOST will create and populate the ad templates, you will have full control to tweak the look, targeting, and content of their ads as you choose. Every listing campaign includes an InstaView virtual tour as well, which acts as a landing page for the ad by default, though agents can point their ads to any page they choose. Once the system creates the ad, they'll be displayed on major websites like ESPN, CNN and Facebook in both mobile and desktop formats. Sample BOOST listing ad on Facebook Marketplace Sample BOOST listing ads on the mobile versions of major websites. Using advanced analytics, BOOST specifically targets consumers whose online activities suggest they're interested in buying or selling a home. "We also restrict our ad placement to 'above the fold' high-visibility locations within the pages that the ads are displayed on," says Colton Slater, President of Property Panorama. "This gives campaigns the best chance of clicks and overall success." To learn more about BOOST Digital Advertising, visit PropertyPanorama.com/BOOST.
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"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity." The above quote, credited to Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger, posits that the most successful among us are responsible for making their own luck, not biding their time waiting upon some indeterminate stroke of good fortune or unexpected twist of fate. When it comes to success in real estate, we tend to agree. High-performing agents are no more lucky than their peers. Rather, in knowing the right tools and data to put to use, they prospect more effectively, get more eyeballs on their listings, entice buyers, and maximize leads. In other words, they're preparing. Then getting "lucky." So, it stands to reason: If you know what avenues to take, what tricks can put you ahead of your competitors, and what tech can help you work more efficiently, you can tap into the same knowledge and tactics that high-performing agents use—no luck required.
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Right around the time quarantine started, we launched a Friday Freebie series focused on using technology-powered direct mail to stay in touch with your sphere. RE Technology readers were able to claim 150 free 'Just Listed' and 'Just Sold' postcards, a free COVID-19 postcard, and download six free reports. While we hope those samples demonstrated the power of direct mail, perhaps some of you were left wondering who to target with those mailings. That's why today, we're highlighting a free guide that will bring it all together by helping you understand how to create targeted mailing lists. Free Guide to Real Estate Mailing Lists, courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! The "spray and pray" approach to direct mail hasn't been a valid strategy since… well, maybe ever. Datedness aside, sending out mailings with little thought of what you're sending and to whom is a great way to burn through your marketing budget with little return. This free guide to real estate mailing lists will help you identify your target market and launch successful direct mail campaigns. It offers a peek at the types of targeted mailing lists you can build with ProspectsPLUS! and the ideal content you can send to each demographic. The guide provides information on targeting groups like: Baby Boomers Empty Nesters Investors Lifestyle Interests High-Income Renters Move-Up Markets And more! And if you're wondering which groups are most prevalent in your area, don't worry—this guide has you covered! The guide offers a breakdown of how many consumers match the target groups above in the major metros in every state. (Miami, for example, has 32,171 high-income renters while Atlanta has 163,026 Baby Boomer and seniors.) Ready to check it out? Download your Real Estate Mailing List Guide for FREE now!
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Jump into Digital Marketing Right Now to Fill that Buyer Funnel
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There's No Spam Filter in the Mailbox!
Here's a quotable quote for you: "There's no spam filter in the mailbox." Statistics say that 97% of homeowners go to their mailbox EVERY DAY! While online marketing is a very effective tool, direct mail is a somewhat lost art these days that can be used to help you dominate your market! We spoke with Jim Studebaker and Todd Robertson from ProspectsPLUS! during a Coffee Chat on Wednesday, and they shared some great insights about the best ways to put direct mail to use. Here are three key takeaways: 1. Consistency is key With direct mail and any ongoing marketing effort, consistency is key. It's better to use your budget to target a smaller number of homeowners and potential buyers more often than trying to spray your message out too far to too many neighborhoods. 2. Relevance is critical: Sensitivity is really important, especially right now Gone are the days where you can send out a football schedule or a generic message and make it meaningful. For the COVID-19 era, messages have to be sensitive and timely. ProspectsPlus.com has built a series of virus-appropriate postcards with gentle humor, comfort food, market updates and other timely messages. 3. Direct mail CAN be used to target your messages to specific audiences Today, it's possible to target direct mail messaging based on ownership stage, net worth, type of property interests (e.g. golf communities) and a whole lot more. Gone are the days where every household you're targeting needs to get the same generic message. If you would like to learn about ways to send a simple campaign just for your current database, or if you would like to learn how to become a market dominator with exclusive campaigns in a zip code, direct mail can help you achieve these goals. Watch the video to learn about the power of direct mail here: FREE Book Offer Become a Listing Legend is free for DOWNLOAD here. If you would like to learn more about ProspectsPlus.com, click here. Don't Miss These Upcoming Coffee Chats! Thursday, May 7 Become the GO TO Agent in Your Neighborhood: Learn about a simple, effective, affordable and automated way to be the most consistent and effective virtual marketer you can be! with Albert Clark of Homeactions Friday, May 8 Your MLS System: The Ultimate Prospecting and Lead Generation Machine with Brian Tepfer, Executive VP and CTO, Rapattoni Monday, May 11 Learn How to Win New Listings During Covid-19 by Delivering a List of Qualified Buyers with Charles Williams, CEO/Founder of Buyside Tuesday, May 12 Look No Further than Your Local MLS to Generate a Ton of Business FREE! with Amy Gorce, Principal Business Development of CoreLogic Wednesday, May 13 Learn How to Become a Social Media Expert Without Doing All the Work! with Michael Glazer and Michael Tomasetti of BackatYou Media If you would like us to sign you up for all upcoming coffee chats, email [email protected] and he will get you signed up. If you would like to get notifications every time a Coffee Chat recording is published, subscribe to our YouTube channel, RETechnologyInc. Then hit the bell next to the Subscribe button and receive notifications every time we publish new educational videos. Get Recordings of All Coffee Chats If you would like to binge watch all of the Coffee Chat recordings, click here. If you would like a FREE 3-month trial of RE Technology, go to retechnology.com, click Create Account and then use one of these coupon codes: COVID-19A COVID-19B COVID-19M
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Timing is essential, even more so now than ever before. As we observe the landscape around us change, it's hard to know exactly what to do. Should we continue to advertise and promote our brands? Do we stop everything and re-evaluate? Do we shift our messaging to be relevant with the times? If there was a clear roadmap of how to navigate things during this time, what would it tell us? Well, it would hopefully tell us to stay in touch with our sphere of influence. Being there for the people who matter the most and offering help during these trying times is essential, and it all begins with a strong mailing list that is consistently updated. People are at staying home, just waiting for some sort of entertainment. For many homeowners, getting the mail is the highlight of their day and this is one of the best times to be sending direct mail. It offers a higher response rate than all digital channels combined, according to the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). And, although it typically costs more to market via direct mail, the ROI is astounding: 11.54 percent on average, according to the DMA. Although email inboxes are cluttered with appeals from businesses, and most aren't opened, let alone read, our snail mail boxes have become refreshingly clean of "junk mail." As well, Americans are far more tolerant of the advertising they receive in their home mailbox. Direct mail marketing continues to experience a renaissance or, as legendary copywriter Robert W. Bly calls it, "The Direct Mail Revolution." Real estate farming and direct mail go hand-in-hand, but the success of a campaign rests on the quality of the mailing list. Here's what you should do first: Determine your target audience A quality mailing list targets people who are most likely to be responsive to what you're offering. A strategically targeted mailing list is what's needed. For real estate agents, the first step in determining your target audience is easy: they will be either homeowners or renters. Do you want to list or sell? Next, you'll need to niche down into your chosen group. For instance, do you want to target landlords or owners who occupy the home? Is there a certain price range in which you prefer to work? If you'll target tenants, you may want to narrow down the audience by income but you'll definitely want to choose tenants within the average real estate consumer age range. You'll waste money mailing your marketing pieces to a community filled with college students. By the way, listing agents will want to use the average homeowner tenure in their farm area as one segmentation point. For instance, the average homeowner in Hartford, Connecticut stays put for 12.52 years, according to Jessica Guerin at HousingWire.com. Tenures vary across the country, so check your MLS tax records to try to get a handle on how long homeowners stay in their homes in your farm area. Once you've determined who you will target in a real estate direct mail campaign, keep that group's characteristics top of mind. Christina Newberry at Hootsuite suggests creating a target market statement to serve as a reminder. We've tweaked hers to make it more applicable to the listing agent: Our target market includes Happy Knolls subdivision owner-occupants, with homes valued in excess of $300,000 and who purchased their home before 2013. Now that you know who you are targeting, compiling a mailing list will be a lot easier and your results will be vastly more valuable. Just remember to stay in touch and be gentle with your marketing during times of distress. It should be all about helping and educating and less about selling and prospecting.
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Over the past few weeks, we've written about the various marketing strategies and tools you can use to promote your real estate business. We've discussed turning millennial consumers into repeat customers. We've shared under the radar tactics for driving foot traffic to your open houses. We've even chronicled the best practices for boosting your online presence and reputation. But, we get it... ...nothing is as important as those leads.
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Picture this: You're hosting an open house at a home that's a little out of the way--the sellers live in a cul-de-sac that takes a few confusing turns to get to. Yes, you've done your traditional open house marketing and you've put up road signs on every curb nearby, but still, you're worried people aren't going to find it or simply won't bother navigating a tangle of unfamiliar roads. And in large part, your concerns are well-founded. While you may get some fresh faces in the door, a house's secluded location can often prove a deterrent for prospective attendees.
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What's a Realtor? That's a question if you asked most consumers, they would likely incorrectly respond that a Realtor is a real estate agent or broker. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) is working to change that. Last year, the NAR launched its first series of TV spots built around the core message, "That's Who We R," as part of its national branding campaign. Today, the NAR announced its newest series of new TV ads that ask consumers to "Look for the R." The new spots were developed by global ad agency Havas Chicago, one of the world's largest. The new core message is "Look for the R" and "calls upon consumers to turn to the iconic 'R' trademark as a beacon of integrity and clarity in real estate," according to an NAR news release. The new NAR branding campaign includes three different "Look for the R" TV spots, including 15- and 30-second versions entitled "First Real Home, "Raise the Bar," and "Resource." The NAR will leverage these new spots throughout other video media touchpoints, including online video, streaming and terrestrial audio, social media, and branded content partnerships. The NAR also is making new content available, as it did with the first series, available for its members to leverage locally through social media, digital display, print ads, merchandise, and more. The five "Look for the R" TV spots include "First Real Home," "Raise the Bar," and "Resource." Below are links to each commercial: First Real Home :30 – https://youtu.be/Igocnpk6jtc First Real Home :15 – https://youtu.be/_5BSR7FkK6c Raise the Bar :30 – https://youtu.be/6_80L6GjJbQ Raise the Bar :15 – https://youtu.be/MgXt-P0bSNQ Resource – https://youtu.be/wMULyFuaDi4 The NAR now has more than 1.4 million members, making the ability to leverage this new campaign by providing resources for Facebook, in particular, remarkably powerful. The WAV Group would love to hear your feedback on this new campaign, and we welcome your comments. View the full press release here. To view the original article, visit the WAV Group blog.
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[Best of 2019] Friday Freebie: Downloadable Report for Home Buyers and Sellers
We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published in September and is #7 in our countdown. See #8 here. If you've heard us say it once, you've heard us say it a thousand times: quality content is one of the most effective ways to reach buyer and seller leads. But rather than putting you through the rigmarole of creating your own content, today we're going to introduce you to a top-notch source of professionally created real estate reports. And, bonus, RE Technology readers get to download the report of their choice for free. Read on to find out how to claim your free report today. Free lead generating report, courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! Before we get started, here's a friendly reminder that today's offer is the fourth in a series of Friday Freebies that we're producing with ProspectsPLUS! Check out these links to claim more free real estate content, like a property flyer, 100 postcards, and a gift certificate for creating a new account. Today's offer is a free real estate report professionally designed to generate buyer and seller leads. How? By providing information that is valuable to real estate consumers. Choose your favorite from 60 reports like: 5 Powerful Ways to Build Equity in Your Home Common Mortgage Missteps Home Staging Checklist Six Tips for Selling in a Shifting Market What Every FSBO Should Know And more! Each report is customizable and prominently features your name, contact information, and even your headshot and logo. Your report is delivered digitally as a PDF that you can download and share online, print yourself, or at a local print shop. ProspectsPLUS! offers reports for a wide variety of real estate leads: current homeowners, cash buyers, FSBOs, and more. Ready to start warming up new real estate leads in your market? Claim your FREE report here (use promo code FREEREPORT at checkout)!
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From New Listings to Referrals: The Marketing Secret that Helps this Realtor Win Every Time
If you're like most Realtors, you probably already have a plan in place for marketing your listings. But how well are you able to communicate that marketing plan to potential seller clients--especially if that plan includes digital strategies that may be confusing to homeowners? Randy Durham has it all figured out. A practicing Realtor since 1994, Chattanooga-based Durham uses realtor.com Local Expert to market both specific listings and his brand. The tool employs ad retargeting technology to display his listing and branding ads to real estate consumers as they browse around the web. But how does he explain that to sellers during his listing presentations to help them understand how it will benefit the sale of their home? We sat down with Durham to find out. Read on to learn how he talks about Local Expert in his listing presentations, and how the program also helps connect him to buyers and past clients. How persistent is your brand on national websites? When consumers search a particular city or zip code on realtor.com®, I'm always there and present with either a listing or information about me. Even if they go from page to page, I'm still there with them so I stay top of mind. I've been pre-introduced. Someone buying a home will be familiar with you before they make contact. Does this help you with home sellers? When I'm on a listing presentation, I'm able to show that they're going to be in at least 50% of the searches for a buyer in their area looking for a home. That home will follow that person around as they're looking within the specific area where that seller is. So I'm showing the seller that they're going to get exposure continuously. How do you let prospective sellers know you have this advantage? You can use this in neighborhood campaigns or in specific targeting listing promotions as far as trying to solicit for listings. This is particularly effective with expired listings. You're showing them you have a way that other agents typically would not have to get additional exposure for their home. It's very powerful for expireds because they've already been-there-done-that—but now many are looking for new things that can happen to actually get their property sold. What are the longer-term benefits of being persistent with your brand? You've got to have consistent impressions of yourself out there for the public to see. Research shows it takes eight to 10 impressions of some sort of marketing to actually get a buyer's attention and recognize who you are and have recall ability. You want to continuously have your name out there, particularly in targeted areas. You want to be the agent that owns that area. It works to get yourself top of mind with your past clients as well as new clients. I just really took on the Chattanooga market with this branding. I just think that it's going to have a powerful impact. This is one of those things you've got to be in it for the long haul. You can't go out there in one month and say, "Okay how many transactions did I get?" But this has some power to it, and I'm quite impressed with it. Does this work into your repeat and referral business plan? A home seller generally starts their search on the internet. Even if there are past clients, they don't always usually pick up the phone and call me first. They're out there looking to see what's available or what's sold in their neighborhood if they are a seller. If you're there with a branding product like realtor.com® Local Expert in those searches in their neighborhoods, when they see you they say, "Yeah, that's the guy that sold me my house—that's who we need to call."
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Facebook is currently the largest social media website in the world, boasting 2.32 billion monthly users. It's safe to say that practically every social media user is on Facebook. Its popularity makes it an excellent place to advertise your real estate brand and business. What many real estate pros don't know is that merely creating a Facebook business page and placing an occasional Facebook ad is rarely enough. We understand the social media landscape is in constant evolution, and companies like Facebook make changes to their policies and procedures regularly. Understanding how these changes impact your marketing strategy—and more importantly, how to adapt to these changes to achieve success—is crucial. To help you understand what was changed and how they impact your business, we've created this concise guide with everything you need to know.
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If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: the biggest ingredient for marketing success is consistency. That's the secret to Realtor Rosemary Allison's success as well. The luxury real estate veteran of 40+ years still diligently markets her brand across her market area. In this interview, she shares the online and offline methods she uses to become one of the most recognized names in her local real estate market. Your brand, your name and your image is associated with real estate all over Ventura County. Tell us what this does for you. I think it's very important to my success. I spend a lot of money to make sure that people know who I am. But at the point when they're thinking about who they're going to call for real estate, I think it's real important that they remember to call me. I believe that they go to the name that they recognize. Of course it is in support of the most important branding I have going, which is having good client relations. I make sure they're happy with my services because most of my business, honestly, is referrals. One thing I'm proud of is that at this point I've been selling real estate full-time since 1975. I am now selling the children of previous clients their homes. That's really neat to me. The fact that the parents are recommending me to their children really says that they did know that I gave them the best service and that they could trust me to handle their real estate needs. The branding reinforces these bonds and reminds them I am still serving the community. How are you directing your marketing to reach the consumers you will be most successful with? What I try to do is target market towards the buyers of the homes that I'm selling—the luxury market. I have a kiosk outside Nordstrom's, and advertise in Homes and Land, Society Magazine, and Westlake Magazine. Then, of course, I've got realtor.com, which is branding for a precise community. When you specialize in an area, you pay the money to get those additional imprints. You're getting attention from the potential buyers and sellers for your area. I find that realtor.com not only is a wonderful website, but it's one that brands you very well when you specialize like I do. I focus on an area of Ventura County, Calif. The mall kiosk is almost industrial branding, but it's not something that's specifically targeting real estate prospects. It's not going to give you return, which realtor.com can. When we have someone going to realtor.com, they're most likely either looking to sell a home (they want to see what the homes in their neighborhood are selling for), or they're interested in buying in a particular area. Are you able to track the success of your branding on realtor.com? Honestly one of the great things about realtor.com is that I see inquiries in my contact base. I can see people that are asking about properties and asking me questions. It's very easy to track, because with the realtor.com dashboard, you can see activity. I utilize that not only for potential buyers, but I think it's also a great tool to show sellers the tracking of the imprints of people interested in their home who have clicked or viewed their home. How are you using this on the seller / listing side? I now have the Local Expert city tool and I am so excited! I just did my ads and I'm really looking forward to seeing what I can do with it. Basically, on a listing presentation, I can tell my clients their home will be featured first and it will not go down the scoreboard on realtor.com because I've paid for the Local Expert ad. You said that your primary business is referrals – has this had an impact on repeat business and referrals? People you know three, five years down the line. I got a call recently from someone from decades ago when I sold them their home. Although I hadn't spoken to them, they had seen the other branding I do and when they looked at properties online, they saw my picture pop up. Of course they said they were going to call, but reminding them to do so and making it easy to contact me helped make sure they did.
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